By Paul D. Bowker | Feb. 22, 2019, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

 

As you settle into your weekend, Team USA athletes are getting ready to compete all around the world. Keep track of some of the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend.


Jessie Diggins Goes For Gold As Nordic Skiing Worlds Begin
Jessie Diggins competes at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on Feb. 21, 2019 in Seefeld, Austria. 

 

A roster loaded with Olympians and consisting of more than 30 U.S. athletes takes to the snow and the ski jumps in Seefeld, Austria, as the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships begin an 11-day run.

Olympic champion Jessie Diggins and two-time Olympian Sadie Bjornsen, who won a bronze medal in the team sprint classic at the 2017 world championships, are among 18 cross-country skiers in action for the U.S. The team sprint classic finals are Sunday. Diggins is coming off a win in last week’s world cup sprint race in Cogne, Italy.

On the men’s side, a U.S. roster of 10 includes 2018 Olympians Simi Hamilton, Erik Bjornsen, Andy Newell, Logan Hanneman and Scott Patterson.

Men’s and women’s skiathlon races are set for Saturday.

Kevin Bickner, a 2018 Olympian who helped the U.S. grab an eighth-place team finish at the 2017 world championships, has emerged as a leader on the U.S. men’s ski jumping team. Joining him in Seefeld for HS130 qualifying Friday are 2018 Olympian Casey Larson, Patrick Gasienica and Andrew Urlaub.

Three-time Olympian Taylor Fletcher will make his fifth world championship appearance on Friday in the first Nordic combined event of the championships, an HS130 and 10-kilometer individual event. Fletcher is one of the top skiers on the world cup tour.

“With a good day on the ski-jumping hill, a lot is possible,” Jan Matura, U.S. Nordic combined coach, said.

Joining Fletcher are 2018 Olympians Jasper Good and Ben Loomis, Jared Shumate and Grant Andrews.

Olympian Nita Englund and the rest of the women’s ski jumping team will begin competition next week.

TV (cross-country): 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel; 11:30 p.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast (cross-country) : 5 and 8 a.m. ET Saturday, 5:30 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com

TV (ski jumping): 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 3 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast (ski jumping) : 8:30 a.m. ET Friday, 8:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 8:45 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com

TV (Nordic combined): 4:30 and 10 a.m. ET Friday, 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast (Nordic combined): 4:30 and 10 a.m. ET Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Follow along on social: Jessie Diggins on Instagram, U.S. Ski & Snowboard on Twitter and #Seefeld2019 on Twitter


Brittany Bowe Aims For Her Third World Sprint Speedskating ChampionshipJoey Mantia competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 23, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

 

Two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe has high expectations heading into this weekend’s ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

She captured a world title in the women’s 1,000-meter last week in Inzell, Germany, and added a bronze medal in the 1,500. She has won medals in 12 world cup races this season and has been dominant in the 1,000- and 1,500-meter distances.

Bowe goes after a third world sprint championship in Heerenveen, considered to be the best-known speedskating stage in the world. She won world sprint titles in 2015 and 2016 and won the silver medal last year.

The competition consists of 500- and 1,000-meter races on Saturday and Sunday. Points are awarded in each of the four races, and the winner is the skater who combines for the most points.

On the men’s side, two-time Olympian Joey Mantia is ready to roll after winning a world title in the mass start.

Other U.S. skaters are rising stars Kimi Goetz, a former world championship team member in short track, and Brianna Bocox, who is a rookie to the world cup circuit this season.

“It’ll be fun to compete in a place where speedskating is appreciated at a level much like the Super Bowl,” Bocox said.

TV: 8 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 9 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: US Speedskating on Twitter, Joey Mantia on Instagram and ISU Speedskating on Twitter



Summer Britcher Battles For Podium Finish At Luge World Cup Final
Emily Sweeney competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 23, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea..

 

Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher enters this week’s FIL World Cup Final looking for a season podium finish in Sochi, Russia.

Britcher is in third place in the women’s season standings and is one of four American lugers competing this weekend. Joining her are 2018 Olympian Emily Sweeney in the women’s competition Saturday and two-time Olympian Tucker West and Jonny Gustafson in men’s singles on Sunday. Sweeney is coming off a third-place finish at the world championships.

Olympic medalist Chris Mazdzer was back in the United States this week undergoing shoulder surgery, meaning the U.S. won’t have a doubles team and will have to sit out the team relay in Sochi. Even with a torn labrum, Mazdzer and doubles partner Jayson Terdiman finished 10th in their last world cup race of the season.

Britcher and Sweeney are both in the top 10 in the women’s standings, with Sweeney currently in 10th. Britcher has medaled in her last three world cup races. 

TV: 1:30 p.m. ET Friday, 7 p.m. ET Saturday, 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 2:30, 3:50, 5:55, 7:20 a.m. ET Saturday, 1:40, 3:15, 5 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Follow along on social: USA Luge on Twitter, FIL Luge on Twitter and Emily Sweeney on Instagram



Women’s Alpine Skiing – Crans-Montana World Cup

Olympic champion downhiller Lindsey Vonn is retired, and world cup points leader Mikaela Shiffrin is taking the weekend off, so 2018 Olympian Alice Merryweather will carry the U.S. flag this weekend in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Merryweather has a couple of recent top-10 finishes, including a career-best eighth in the downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and seventh in the downhill portion of the alpine combined event at the world championships in Are, Sweden. The downhill is scheduled for Saturday, followed by alpine combined on Sunday.

TV: 4:15 a.m. ET Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel; 10:30 p.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 4:15 a.m. ET Saturday, 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com


Men’s Alpine Skiing – Bansko World Cup

Three days of racing await the U.S. men’s team at this week’s world cup in Bansko, Bulgaria. An alpine combined event on Friday will be followed by the super-G on Saturday and giant slalom on Sunday. Four-time Olympian Ted Ligety is among the Americans expected on the start lists. Ligety is ranked 14th in the alpine combined this season and 21st in giant slalom, both events in which he has won Olympic gold medals. He finished 11th in the giant slalom at the world championships last week, and Tommy Ford, a two-time Olympian, was 12th. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, a 2018 Olympian, is in 20th place in the world cup standings in super-G.

TV: 7 a.m. ET Friday, 5:45 a.m. ET Saturday, 6:30 a.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 3:30 and 7 a.m. ET Friday, 5:45 a.m. ET Saturday, 3:30 and 6:30 a.m. ET Sunday, olympicchannel.com


Fencing – Cairo Grand Prix

Eli Dershwitz, a 2018 Olympian who is ranked No. 1 in the world in men’s saber, began the month of February with a world cup win in Warsaw, Poland. This weekend, he’ll try to finish the month with a grand prix win in Egypt. He is among 24 Americans competing in the men’s and women’s tournaments Friday through Sunday. Daryl Homer, a two-time Olympian and Rio 2016 silver medalist, is among 11 joining Dershwitz in the men’s tournament. Ninth-ranked Dagmara Wozniak, a two-time Olympian, and 10th-ranked Eliza Stone, the 2018 world bronze medalist, lead the U.S. on the women’s side.


Moguls – Tazawako World Cup

2018 Olympic teammates Jaelin Kauf, Tess Johnson and Bradley Wilson, who each won medals at the world championships in Park City, Utah, will chase after podium finishes this week in a world cup stop in Tazawako, Japan. They are among 13 Americans competing in moguls on Saturday and dual moguls on Sunday. Wilson, a two-time Olympian, won his second silver medal in dual moguls in Park City. 

TV: 11:30 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 11:30 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, olympicchannel.com


Aerials – Minsk World Cup

Chris Lillis, who made the men’s final in last week’s city event in Moscow, is one of 11 U.S. skiers set to compete in Saturday’s world cup event in Minsk, Belarus. Four Americans finished in the top 12 in Moscow, including Lillis and his older brother Jon in the men’s competition, and three-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell and Madison Varmette on the women’s side. All are back on the start list for Minsk.

TV: 3 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 6 a.m. ET Saturday, olympicchannel.com


Skicross – Sunny Valley World Cup

Brant Crossan and Tyler Wallasch finished in the top 20 last week in Feldberg, Germany, and they are among three U.S. skiers racing in this week’s world cup stop at the Sunny Valley, or Solnechnaya Dolina, Resort in Russia. Whitney Gardner, who finished 22nd and 23rd last week, is competing on the women’s side. After two sets of qualifying sessions Friday, competitions will be held Saturday and Sunday.

Webcast: 3 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, olympicchannel.com


Rifle/Pistol Shooting – New Delhi World Cup

Of the 16 Olympic quota spots available in rifle and pistol for Team USA for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, U.S. athletes have already clinched seven of them. The quota hunt cranks back up this week in the first rifle/pistol world cup stop of the year in New Delhi, India. Among the 18 U.S. shooters in New Delhi are Olympic hopeful Sarah Beard, who won an Olympic quota in women’s three-position rifle at the Championship of the Americas; Nick Mowrer, a 2012 Olympian who will compete in men’s three-position rifle and rapid-fire pistol; three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson; and pistol shooters James Hall and Nathalia Tobar, who each won gold medals and Olympic quota spots at the Championship of the Americas. Competition begins Friday with the final in women’s 10-meter air rifle.


Greco-Roman Wrestling – Hungarian Grand Prix

Ben Provisor, a two-time Olympian, and Robby Smith, a 2016 Olympian, are among 11 U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers competing for United World Wrestling Ranking Series points in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Provisor will compete in the 87 kg. weight class and Smith in the 130 kg. class, both Sunday. Kamal Bey, a 2017 junior world gold medalist, enters the competition with a No. 7 ranking in the 77 kg. class. He’ll also wrestle on Sunday. Saturday’s competition features bouts in the 55 kg., 65 kg., 72 kg., 82 kg. and 97 kg. classes.


Track and Field – USATF Indoor Championships
High jumper Vashti Cunningham, a 2016 Olympian and daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, and middle distance runner Ajee Wilson, a 2016 Olympian and world silver medalist, are among a stacked field in the USATF Indoor Championships. The meet is Friday through Sunday at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Center in Staten Island in New York City. Wilson, who will compete in the 1,000-meter, is coming off the Millrose Games in which she set an American indoor record in the 800. Others in the field include men’s U.S. outdoor 800 champion Donavan Brazier and women’s outdoor pole vault champion Katie Nageotte.

TV: 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday and 4 p.m. ET Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 1:45 p.m. ET Saturday, 2:45 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Gold


Judo – Dusseldorf Grand Slam
2016 Olympians Angelica Delgado and Nick Delpopolo are among 14 U.S. athletes competing in this week’s IJF Grand Slam tournament in Dusseldorf, Germany. Nearly 700 athletes from 97 nations are in the three-day tournament. Delgado is in the women’s 52 kg. weight class, and Delpopolo is in the men’s 73 kg. class.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.